Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hama. Orontes Queen

Its population numbers 410,000 inhabitants, making it the fifth-largest city in Syria, after Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Latakia.

Hama is an important agricultural and industrial center in Syria, with 3,680 square kilometres (over a third of the governorate's area) under cultivation. The governorate produces over half of the national crop of potatoes and pistachio nuts, as well as growing a variety of other vegetables and supporting a healthy livestock ranching industry besides.

The city proper is renowned for its 16 norias used for watering the gardens, which—it is claimed—date back to 1100 BC. Though historically used for purpose of irrigation, nowadays the norias are almost entirely aesthetic and traditional.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hama



Here are random pictures from Hama:









Monday, February 19, 2007

Mshabbak Area Of Dead Cities

Not surprisingly when in winter, we have a little sun, it means you have a great day, as it is warm, shiny and beautiful with scattered clouds from the day before.

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And not surprising too that walking in the ruins, in this atmosphere is great too :)



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